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Denmark’s Queen Margrethe is a smoker. She loves a cigarette, and has defiantly continued to smoke despite being urged to quit many times by her family and through public opinion and pressure in the media.

The 75-year-old monarch has fanned the flames of criticism once more after being spotted last week puffing away on a cigarette while holding her young grandchildren’s hands. The photo was taken during a photocall at the royal family’s summer residence Gråsten Palace. Pictured are 10 members of the royal family spanning three generations as they enjoy a stroll through the garden.

The Queen lit up in full view of photographers as the royal family walked through the palace gardens ahead of their annual portrait.

The Queen was standing right next to her half-Australian grandchildren holding Princess Isabella’s hand and walking alongside four-year-old Prince Vincent as she smoked. The rest of the royal family including Crown Prince Frederik  (who is also thought to be a smoker) didn’t appear to bat an eyelid.

Here in Australia, while most smoking laws are the responsibility of State and Territory governments, there are some Federal laws regarding smoking that are nationwide.

Many states have strict tobacco laws, which ban smoking in cars when anyone under the age of 16 in the vehicle, and within certain distances of playgrounds and schools. 

As grandparents we are role models for our grandchildren and they hear and see everything we do when we are with them so we have a responsibility to make sure that we set a good example when we are with them.

She may be the queen of Denmark, but is it OK for anyone to smoke in front of their grandchildren or should we hide our vice from them, even if we have made a conscious choice to continue lighting up?

What do you think of Queen Margrethe sparking up alongside her grandchildren? 

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  1. Hard one. Hate cigarettes But maybe she explain how bad and addictive etc they are and not smoke in their space

  2. yes..I have and would do so again, she is 75 years old..and wow she smokes!!! in front of her family, who also KNOWS she smokes, and oh at this time it is NOT illegal, I am sure there are worse things happening in the world.

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    • be no point her giving up now, she probably doesn’t smoke that much, there wouldn’t be enough time with Official Duties

    • Yes, there is worse things than smoking. But, unless you’ve seen lung cancer, watched your fiance have a blood transfusion, lose a cup of blood from his lung, have chemo, radiotherapy, pain, then watch him die, it’s difficult to say what is worse than that. He’s the 2nd fiance I’ve lost to cancer.

    • People who have not seen cancer, seem to be so nonchalant about smoking, I can’t understand what they’re trying to say at all.

    • sorry for your losses Julie, and yes, I have been t here for family and friends who have had breast cancer, so I feel for you and teh people also that went thru this..but again, this Queen is 75 years old..probably had many say oo quit now..but hey, we all live, and die, just depends ont he day..and maybe the bus that hits ya..not all ‘habits’ are bad

    • yes that’s too sad, but I’ve seen 98 year olds in wheel chairs still smoking…by the way I don’t smoke…..some people get dealt the wrong cards

    • We should mind our own business, I am sure Princess Mary would not let her children come to any harm. We are becoming to judgemental.

    • Julie Murchie ,I have also lost 3 close family members and several friends from cancer & none of them were smokers & lived in smoke free homes ……….I am certainly not nonchalant about smoking BUT I am a great believer in DEMOCRACY where we choose what we do & I am sick & tired of being told what is bad for me ,what is good for me which turns out to be bad for me &higher taxes being put on commodities to make them out of peoples reach financially .I also get extremely upset when others are made to feel guilty about THEIR choices if ,in fact , they are within the law.

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      • Oh Lynne Hales no one has spoken a better sentence . Live and let live is what I say our whole life revolves around what we should do for the sake of others . When I was young everyone smoked in there house I am still alive . AND it didn’t make me smoke . Good on the Queen she is living her life the way she wants.

  3. Such a load of cods wallop people just go so crazy about smoking as if no one smoked the world would be a wonderful place well just my idea but I would rather travel the roads with smokers then drunks drug users phone users ect People treat smokers worse then thieves ! So funny when these non smoking generations have the most unfit kids more problems in all areas that I can see.

  4. She is an old woman it is her choice, it is her families decision to make not for anyone else to critisize. As long as smoking is legal we can oppose as much as we want but we can’t tell people what to do.

  5. While it is still legal to smoke, then she is well within her rights to do so. The whole family obviously know’s and if they don’t want THEIR children to be around when she does, then all they have to do is walk them away from the cigarette smoke. I am sure they are mature enough to do that!

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    • It’s difficult to “walk away” from cigarette smoke. Smokers make us into passive smokers. We inhale more of the poisonous smoke than they do, and sometimes die. My doberman, when exposed to cigarette smoke, puts his head down, his tail down, walks backwards. I always trust his instincts. Look up cigarettes please. There’s approx 4,000 added substances to make humans addicted. Two of which are CYANIDE & STRYCHNINE! Metals also, highly toxic chemicals. Difficult to even get it off our skin!

    • I know all the pros and cons re cigarette smoke, but as i stated whilst it is still legal then people are well within their rights to do so. The only way to stop people from smoking is to lobby the Government to make it illegal and we all know that won’t happen, as the revenue received from smoker’s is like gold in the Governments coffer’s!……While they are still legal to purchase, they are still legal to smoke!

    • you are a passive smoker with the emissions from cars, and factories, and you protect your dog by all means, but this comment section is not to do with your dog, and as I said, legal, sold in most dairies and supermarkets, and the govt takes their tax from our ‘poison’

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